In your share this week:
- salad mix
- zucchini and/or squash
- fresh garlic
- Japanese turnips
- Snap peas (first picking only gave us enough for Smoot, more to come)
The farm has been a busy place this week. With a lot of ups & downs, good vs. bad, and heartaches offset by blessings. We have put in so much extra time and effort to do what needed to be done in some challenging circumstances. This week's share is a little small again; however, it doesn't come close to representing the work we put in to have food for many coming weeks. One thing to remember with gardening, sometimes you don't see the results of hard work for weeks to come. A disaster of some kind could wipe things out instantaneously, but good things come to those who work hard and are patient.
Some of the good:
- The garlic was dug in just two days! We had a great crew of 12 helpers on Saturday and got 7 rows out by noon. The remaining 3 were finished on Monday morning before an afternoon of heavy rain.
- Most of our crops pulled through these crazy two nights of freezing temperatures. The plants are likely stressed a bit, but most will bounce back with the warmer weather I see in the forecast. The potatoes are the biggest concern, but they didn't die off completely. Heavily stressed, but not dead. That's good news considering how cold it got.
- The predictions for golf ball sized hail for our area never materialized. Just heavy rains. I'll take the rains!
- We have awesome Workshares who keep helping us each week with various "other projects" that are so necessary and very time consuming (like weeding so we'll have crops to harvest, and getting out ALL of our row covers to use on as many crops as possible for only 2 crazy nights in JULY only to turn around and put them all away once it warms up again).
- We see beets, carrots and peas that are so close to being ready to harvest!
- In all our covering and uncovering, I noticed that the onions and leeks look wonderful!
The not so good:
- Our garlic crops isn't so great. A lot of it was rotten in the ground, again. Probably a result of several things but most likely the seed was compromised from last year when a month of rains caused our garlic to mold, and in such circumstances it would have required the most careful of attention (weeding and fabulous soil) to make a rebound. Sadly, this garlic needs to be replaced with new "seed" (it's not actually seeds, but whole garlic bulbs free of any disease or recent stress) and that is very expensive. We aren't entirely sure how to go from here on future plantings of garlic.
- We'll have spent about 30 hours this week solely related to helping the crops make it through these 2 freezing nights. And we still need to put away all the equipment we pulled out.
See - the good out weighs the bad!
Full honest disclosure - I cried after seeing the garlic come out so poorly. And I cried again when the below freezing forecast didn't change for the better. But I was blessed with several reminders that gratitude heals a broken heart. So I started thinking about all the good we have and all the blessings and all the people who support us and care about EverGreen Farm. When I apologized about the garlic to Rick, a workshare who was helping us dig, he said "But your arugula is amazing! And your garlic scape pesto recipe changed my life." This is the attitude that keeps us going. Thank you!
Have a great week and ENJOY your produce!